Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Midweek Munchies

Another round of random things I have eaten!

This recipe for Blueberry Poppy Seed Overnight Oats came from a Coles magazine. Coles is one of the two big supermarkets here in Australia, and each puts out a free monthly magazine that my mum likes to get. There has definitely been more and more vegan recipes included, and even some vegan features. Though they are fairly basic in their approach to veganism. Anyway, this recipe had oats, oat milk, maple syrup, grate pear, blueberries, and poppy seeds in it. Topped with some more blueberries, pear, syrup, and some pecans. It was OK. The pear was nice, I don't eat them a lot. I think I would definitely prefer frozen to fresh blueberries in the future for the oats, because they would have added a bit more flavour as they defrosted overnight and let out all their frozen juice.

Blueberry Poppy Seed Overnight Oats from Coles Magazine

I used up some Korma paste that I got in a mystery box to make this curry with lots of vegetables and chickpeas. I used light coconut milk and water for the liquid, and served it over spinach and basmati rice. As predicted, it was a bit too spicy for me. I dolloped on some cooling sweet chutney after this photo.

Korma Paste

Shaggy's Vegan Shack was a market stall with ready meals, and I picked up this mac and cheese at a Brisbane Vegan Markets. They were on the cusp of opening a meal delivery service last year, which tragically a medical issue with the main cook struck and they haven't been back since. Much sadness. The bacon mac and cheese was really lovely, though I wasn't a bit fan of the croutons. Fresh is definitely best for croutons.

Shaggy's Vegan Shack Bacon Mac & Cheese

Another go with the Vegie Delights Classic Not Burger. This time I pan fried it and put it in a toasted sandwich with sesame cheese, tomato, and spinach. Really good. I think I almost prefer burger patties in toasted sandwiches rather than in burger buns!

Vegie Delights Classic Not Burger toastie with sesame cheese, spinach, tomato

I had picked up a few flavours of Tonicka Kombucha at an ecofest. They were OK, though there are other brands of kombucha I prefer. This was the Mixed Berry flavour, which I turned into a spider by pouring it over some Snickerdoodle So Delicious Cashew ice cream. I didn't have any plain vanilla ice cream. It was a fun flavour combination, even though the floaty chunks of snickerdoodle dough were pretty funny. For my US friends, I believe you call a spider a float.

Spider with Tonicka Mixed Berry Kombucha and So Delicious Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

I had some beetroot and I had some blueberries, so a google search led me to the Blueberry Beet Smoothie from the Grateful Grazer blog. It also has oats in it, and I used oat milk as the non-dairy milk and soy yoghurt instead of coconut. It was OK, not too sweet, which I liked. The texture was a bit funny, even with my super blender. But fun to try.

Blueberry Beet Smoothie from Grateful Grazer blog

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

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It's been a while since I've shared any clinic kitty photos. This is Mozart! He is up for adoption, along with his sister Mariah (who you will meet in my next post). They have musical names because they are musical kitties! They are very vocal. His favourite current toy is a dangle toy, But he doesn't want you to dangle it for him, he just wants to drag the whole thing around him, carrying it in his mouth. Funny boy!


  1. I love burgers in a toasted/grilled sandwich!
    Using kombucha in a float/spider??? Brilliant!!
    Hello gorgeous Mozart!!!

    1. I can't drink soft drinks, but never thought of a kombucha float until they mentioned it as a suggestion when I was buying it. Definitely fun!

  2. "For my US friends, I believe you call a spider a float."
    What?! I can't believe you call it a spider! I guess I can see it, the ice cream sticks to the sides creating a spidery-legs? At least the ice cream will float. lol But I still need to make a kombucha ice cream float. Maybe this summer

    Wolfie was really into the oats. Though he was pretty confused by the pear, thinking it was apple. I guess I never served him pear sliced lol

    1. To be honest, a float makes a lot more sense than calling it a spider. I have no idea how that name came about!

      The internet tells me: 'In Australia and New Zealand, an ice cream float is known as a "spider" because once the carbonation hits the ice cream it forms a spider web-like reaction.'

      Ummm... OK. That is one way to look at it!

  3. The mac & cheese sounds great, and your sandwich looks super delicious!
    Hi Mozart!

    1. The sandwich was great, I'm wishing I had another one now!